A price drop and an anticipated title arriving at about the same time = SALES SURGE. Love to see this, even if we're only talking about one week.
As reported by 4Gamer (and cited by Joystiq ), the PlayStation Vita topped the Media Create sales charts in Japan last week, thanks to the recent price drop and the launch of the well-received Soul Sacrifice .
Thanks to the Monster Hunter -like title from Keiji Inafune And Co. and the more attractive price tag, Sony's new portable sold 63,581 units, which topped the combined 61,008 sales of the Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL. The struggling Wii U came in at only 9,454 units and with Sony and Microsoft yet to launch their new systems, Nintendo's console could be facing tough times. But that's a different subject.
Soul Sacrifice landed at #2 and #10 on the software charts; one spot for the standalone game and hardware bundle (92,396 copies) and one spot for the "Kyoutou Double Pack" (22,050 copies). So if you combine those sales, the game actually outsold the #1 title for the week, Hatsune Miku Project Diva F for the PlayStation 3. Soul Sacrifice is slated to release in the US on April 30 but it probably won't generate the same sales spike here, especially because we don't yet have a Vita price cut.